Gazelle Sports Dirty Herd. For those who love trail running and free weekly events, join a herd of runners alike as they navigate through the dynamic terrain and the orchard’s woods. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 4 pm.
Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Artists, writers, musicians and other creative workers are invited to gather in the back room to work on their own projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creatives and live background music. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm.
Meijer Free Tuesdays means free general admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10 am-5 pm.
Meijer Free Thursday Nights means free admission and an evening of art pieces. The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm.
Yoga Fundamentals for Beginners. Cascade Yoga Studio. 7:15 pm.
Drop-In Family Saturdays welcome families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11 am-5 pm.
Wine & Cheese Saturdays. Sample wine from around the world complemented with the perfect cheese pairing. The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids. 3 pm.
Real Pirates Exhibit: the untold story of the Whydah. Grand Rapids Public Museum.
The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier exhibition. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.
Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
For exhibition times, visit www.uica.org.
Works by Benar Venet. Look in awe at five of Venet’s largest sculptures in his iconic work with steel. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
The Adventures in Balance exhibit puts your balancing skills to the test. Journey through the Adventure Jungle on rocker boards and 21 feet of balance beams. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 9:30 am-5 pm.
The Kent District Library will feature a bundle of kid-friendly events for the new year including a class for car fanatics, pirate parties, a chance to meet the Tun-Dra Kennels sled dogs, wintertime fun and the Wonderful WaterColorBot that paints an image your kids create.
Find details, dates and locations at www.kdl.org.
Through January 2
Jessica Joy London: A State of Wonder. A chance to see phenomenal paintings the artist creates inspired by observations in the everyday. Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Through January 4
Christmas & Holiday Traditions Around the World. Take a final peek at the glow of 300,000 lights littered throughout the gardens. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptures. The last chance to survey the complexities and diversity of today’s sculptures through their innovative efforts and development. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
Through January 11
Re-Envisioning the Nutcracker exhibit. See Van Allsburg’s original drawings for the set and production design along with costumes and a behind-the-scenes video. Grand Rapids Art Museum.
For museum hours, visit www.artmuseumgr.org.
Through January 18
Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Drawings, watercolors and pastels spanning more than 500 years. Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle. Slip into your skates or rent them free with a photo ID and glide across the city’s own ice skating rink, creating some holiday activity for everyone. Rosa Parks Circle. Open skating noon-10 pm.
Sergeant Preston, Yukon King Run. Commit to that resolution of exercising more with a 5k run/walk or a 6-mile run. Muskegon State Park. 11 am.
Register at www.getmeregistered.com
First Fridays presented by Avenue for the Arts. South Division Ave. becomes the ultimate destination to find artwork by local artists and handmade goods along with food and drink specials. Make a night of it by visiting one of the featured eateries. South Division. 6-9 pm.
January 2 & 3
Winter Art Camp at the GRAM. Kids can explore the sketches and drawings used to inspire The Nutcracker followed by working with fellow campers to write and perform their own version of the classic tale. The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 10 am. Performance Saturday at 12:30 pm.
To register your child, visit www.artmuseumgr.org
January 3 & 4
Grand Rapids Antique Market. See the incredible things over 150 antique and vintage dealers bring to the market. DeVos Place. 9 am-7 pm (Sat) 10 am-5 pm (Sun).
Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular. Known as Christian music’s largest annual tour, this massive jam-session will feature an incredible line-up of bands and musicians. Van Andel Arena. 6 pm. Arrive earlier for the Pre-Jam Party.
Winter Bridal Show. This wedding planning event will gather the area’s best bridal vendors and newly engaged holiday brides covering the spectrum of inspiration you need to make your wedding day special along with the announcement of the Let’s Talk About Love contest winner. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm.
New Year, New You: Why Detox? Keystone Pharmacy Seminar Room. 5:30 pm.
KD Ale: Rockford Brewing Company Tour. Bring your library card for a special deal on beer tasting. Rockford Brewing Company. 6:30 pm.
Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience documentary screening. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.
Meanwhile Movie: Starship Troopers. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
January 6-February 15
Second Glance Exhibit. Get another look at artwork, by talented local artists, that was on display during ArtPrize 2014. LowellArts! King Gallery.
Intro to GROW. An introductory class for woman thinking about starting their own business and explaining GROW’s services and programs to make it soar. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon.
Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores the Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. 7 pm.
For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org.
Koko FitClub Grand Opening and ribbon cutting. Koko FitClub. 5 pm.
January 9 & 10
Grand Rapids Bridal Show. Get inspiration, information and special offers from over 100 local wedding professionals. DeVos Place. 5-9 pm (Fri). 11 am-5 pm (Sat).
Grand Rapids Symphony Presents Hough Plays Dvorak. Give your ears a musical evening by one of the world’s greatest pianists. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.
ReFashion It! Teens learn to transform the rag bin into trendy fashions. Using the library’s tools and creativity, your teen can refashion t-shirts, odd pieces of fabric and other clothing items into the runway’s next envy. Kent District Library (Alto Branch). 10:30 am.
Breton Travel Expo. Frederik Meijer Gardens. 10 am-3 pm.
For more details, visit www.bretontravel.com
Study Cram Night. Lure your teen to the library for a concentrated study jam with pizza and pop. Kent District Library (Wyoming Branch). 4:30 pm.
Sourdough, French Braid, Quick Breads, Grains & Gluten. Learn simple techniques that will give your bread delectable flavor. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
Meanwhile Movie: A Clockwork Orange. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
Broadway Grand Rapids presents Annie. Little Orphan Annie is here to steal the hearts of audiences in this spirited family musical. DeVos Performance Hall.
For tickets and showtimes, visit www.broadwaygrandrapids.com
Hormone Happy Hour with pharmacist Mary PreFontaine featuring Terri Jeurink, women’s health specialist with Northern Physical Therapy. Snacks provided. Keystone Pharmacy Seminar Room. 5 to 6 pm.
Crazy Book Trailer Workshop. Subject your 5-8 graders to an experience filming or recording a video book trailer. 4 pm. Grand Rapids Public Library.
Knives, Cutting, Sauces & Presentation. The beginning of a three-class bundle with week one focusing on vegetable cuts, knives for different jobs, knife care and demonstrations. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
New Year, New You. Explore new foods that will make keeping your New Year’s resolution a breeze. Soba noodles with shrimp, snow, peas and carrots and more. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
The Evolution of U.S. Aircraft Carriers. Retired Vice Admiral David Architzel shares his incredible knowledge and experience as he discusses the U.S. Aircraft Carriers history. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 7 pm.
Kris Hitchcock & Small Town Son. Joined by new, local group, Old Mission Collective, Grand Rapids will experience a night in music heavily glazed with excellence in writing. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm.
Christopher Titus, The Angry Pursuit of Happiness. Laugh tonight at this hilarious comedy special. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
Pop Scholars: Improv Comedy. Smart, risk-taking comedy that invites the audience in on the performance. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
January 16-February 1
The Mouse Trap. Snowed in and stranded in a house, guests become the suspects as a series of murders take place. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.
For tickets and showtimes, visit www.grct.org.
Through the Eyes of Weidenaar. The opening of the museum’s exhibit commemorating the works of local artists and internationally renowned print maker, Reynold Weidenaar. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 9 am.
History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History. Grand Rapids Public Library. 9:30 am-4 pm.
Kids Cook Sesame Street Favorites. Kids learn how to prepare some Sesame Street and Muppet characters’ favorite recipes like Big Bird’s Popcorn, Animal’s Pink Pasta and Oscar’s Sloppy Mess. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
City Seminar by J Parker McCollum, Inc. Learn the importance of how our surroundings affect our mood, perspective and productivity. West Coast Coffee. 2 pm. Register at
Free Seminar at Rylee’s Ace. Get all that paperwork organized so you can find what you need when you need it. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan St. Location). 11 am.
Sunday Classical Music Series: Folias Flute & Guitar Duo. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2 pm.
Artist Reception for Pamela Alderman & Music by Les Clay. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 2:30 pm.
Bio Echoes Exhibit Opening Reception. View artist Sarah Knill’s paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by the parallels that exist across nature. Design Quest. 3-5 pm.
Study Cram Night for Teens. Kent District Library (Cascade Township Branch). 5 pm.
The Texas Tenors. Treat the night to a concert by the tenors that are quickly becoming America’s favorite. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm.
For tickets, call (616) 878-6800 or visit www.vsfac.com.
Pussy Cat Beer Guild. Men have their buddies, you have your ladies. Women gather for a great beer with casual convo. Hop Cat. 6 pm. Join the group on Facebook.
Ole! Mexican Kitchen. Learn about the pallet of the cultural ingredients and dishes, using them to cook up your own fiesta. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
Meanwhile Movie: The Breakfast Club. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
Fleetwood Mac Concert. After a 16-year absence, the band ensembles to bring the On With the Show Tour to Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena. 8 pm.
Knives, Cutting, Sauces & Presentation. Class two of the three-class bundle teaching you how to become the Mother of Sauces. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
Start Smart. This readiness course focuses on the fundamentals of doing business, providing participants with the understanding of what it takes to run their own business. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6 pm.
Folk Inspirations. A pre-concert reception will be followed by three master composers highlighting the influence of folk music with an esteemed group of Lincoln Center artists. St. Cecilia Music Center. 6 pm. www.scmc-online.org
Exploring Greek Cuisine. Rev up your passport for a delicious culinary journey to the tastes of Greece with lamb shish ka bobs, chicken and feta pie followed with some Melopita. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
I’ll Remember: An Evening with Downie. Join jazz vocalist and composer Downie on a musical journey of songs representing her female vocalist and songwriter role models that helped her form her unique sound and voice over her life. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
January 23 & 24
Grand Rapids Symphony Presents A Night at the Oscars. The Grand Rapids Symphony floods the hall with music from Oscar-nominated and winning pictures. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.
Whole U GR Holistic Health Expo. Yoga classes, interactive cooking demonstrations and beautiful music in an intimate setting during this great event to kick off the New Year. St. Cecilia Music Center. 10 am-4 pm.
Orchid Show. Surround yourself with hundreds of tropical orchids while having your questions answered by the Grand Valley Orchid Society. Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 12-5 pm.
ReFashion It! Teens learn to create new attire from old t-shirts and other clothing pieces. Kent District Library (Plainfield Township Branch). 2 pm.
The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs. Lowell High School Performing Arts Center. 7 pm.
Orchid Show at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 12-5 pm.
Sunday Classical Music Series: Manitou String Trio. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2 pm.
Grand Rapids Symphony Presents A Night at the Oscars. DeVos Performance Hall. 3 pm.
The Original Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. Be amazed as the Globetrotters battle the Washington Generals with incredible ball handling wizardry, dunks and trick shots that these athletes are famous for. Van Andel Arena. 2 pm.
Meanwhile Movie: Beetlejuice. Peter Wege Auditorium. 8 pm.
Knives, Cutting, Sauces & Presentation. The final of the three-class bundle will teach you all about the presentation of your dish including the importance of Chef plating. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 6-9 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
Water by the Spoonful. This drama ties together the lives of unforgettable characters as an Iraq war veteran seeks solace in an Internet chatroom, unlocking an online recovery community. Spectrum Theater. 8 pm.
January 30 & 31
Grand Rapids Symphony Presents Inspired by Wagner. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm.
Boxed Cake Make Overs for Kids. Kids learn how to make easy and delicious creations using boxed cake mixes. D&W Fresh Market Culinary Classroom. 11 am-1 pm. Call 1-888-296-5850 to register.
The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs. Saranac High School Performing Arts Center. 7 pm.
Electrify Your Strings. Experience the electricity, passion and innovation exhibited in guitarist’s Mark Wood’s unique music. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm.
For tickets, call (616) 878-6800 or visit www.vsfac.com.